John Richards Centre has many research partners, including the following organisations.

Small Rural Health Research Team Partnership (SMART)

The SMART partnership brought together a group of Victorian remote, rural, and community health services, with academic partners, to improve health outcomes for rural Victorian communities. The partnership saw remote, rural, and community health services coming together to lead on the health policy agenda through development of evidence-based research, and application of that research into innovative practice.

SMART website

Partners and Funding Bodies:

  • Swinburne University
  • Heathcote Health
  • Cobaw Community Health Service (Macedon Ranges)
  • Rural Northwest Health, Robinvale District Health Services
  • Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Kooweerup Regional Health Service
  • The Kilmore & District Hospital
  • Wimmera Health Care group
  • West Wimmera Health Service
  • Mallee Track Health & Community Services.


Virtual Dementia Friendly Communities (Verily Connect)

Long Term Evaluation of Royal Flying Doctor Telehealth Service

Empowering Older People in Accessing Aged Care Services in a Consumer Market

Albury Wodonga Health

Albury Wodonga Health Logo

An Albury Wodonga Health (AWH), La Trobe University (La Trobe) partnership provides rich opportunities and delivers a number of key benefits. A research partnership aims to achieve the ultimate goal of better health outcomes for patients and communities.

La Trobe will assist AWH to improve its research capacity and reputation through professional development, research skills training, access to expert researchers and higher degrees by research. 

La Trobe's research capacity and outputs will benefit from the opportunity to investigate health related problems through new research project opportunities, supported by access to patient data and clinical experience and expertise. 

AWH will benefit from an enhanced focus on research supported by La Trobe's success in building strategic research partnerships, its research expertise, research governance and infrastructure and world class researchers.

  • Dr Clare Wilding, has been appointed the conjoint position of Research Fellow, Ageing and Sub-acute care.

Completed Projects

Understanding the Determinants of Potentially Avoidable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Hospital Presentations and Admissions: Exploration of Consumer Experiences

Mercy Connect

A project to pilot a Virtual reality application to promote empathy among the health workforce is in progress.

Border Medical Oncology

This partnership will provide opportunities for research in the field of geriatric oncology.

Kunming Hospital, China

Details coming soon.

Lincoln University, UK

Details coming soon.

Beechworth Health

Details coming soon.

Northeast Health Wangaratta

Details coming soon.